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by Angus French
Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Rule Changes?
Replies: 31
Views: 4056

Re: FIDE Rule Changes?

E Michael White wrote:How is FIDE financed ?
Through taking hefty cuts from the prize money of big tournaments and matches? I may be wrong but Herman Hamers' report on the recent FIDE Congress (published on the ECF site) gives that impression.
by Angus French
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What am I doing?
Replies: 290
Views: 28523

Re: What am I doing?

Good Morning CJ, I appreciate that this will come as a completely random post - but my inspired moments come in brief and increasingly infrequent times. [and seldom at the chess board] :) The only topic of conversation in the office today is Question Time. Have you/your manager ever considered appe...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8321

Re: what is the history of the ecf office

The thought is that this year's cost is higher than it would be under "normal" circumstances because of all the multiple calculations and reworks I'm not sure when development work was charged for (or if indeed there was a charge) - before or after the April 30 2009 - but, for comparison, the previ...
by Angus French
Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8321

Re: what is the history of the ecf office

Surely the first question is whether the graders' fee of £8,311 represents value for money. (And FWIW, I would guess that it does - it must take a substantial amount of effort to produce the grades.)
by Angus French
Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: What is the history of the ecf office
Replies: 122
Views: 8321

Re: what is the history of the ecf office

Is there a need for a office these days with the amount of things that can be done at home with the perilous state of the ECF finances there are other things the 60k the ECF spends on the office can be spent on. William, I wonder if you're confusing the value of the Government grant - which is £60...
by Angus French
Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Has the white smoke gone up yet?
Replies: 58
Views: 4901

Re: Has the white smoke gone up yet?

I'm seriously thinking about whether I should pay game fee on my events. After all, what guarantee do I have that the ECF will be around in July to grade the games? That just sounds irresponsible. If you're thinking about not paying game fee then you put at risk the grading of your events. And who ...
by Angus French
Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Does the ECF cater adequately for professional players?
Replies: 34
Views: 3670

Re: Does the ECF cater adequately for professional players?

John, Turning the question around: Can you name some occasions when the ECF didn't represent or assist English professionals as well as it might have? Were there situations when it should have consulted professional players but didn't? Also, what do English professionals give back to English chess?
by Angus French
Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London tournament announcement
Replies: 385
Views: 20428

Re: London tournament announcement

Thanks Adam,

I am reassured. Almost 500 seats sounds like quite a lot.

Angus
by Angus French
Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London tournament announcement
Replies: 385
Views: 20428

Re: London tournament announcement

Adam, I'm interested in playing in the FIDE Open and spectating at the Classic but I'm a little confused about whether I will be able to do this. You say: Spectators will be treated to live commentary on the games from Grandmasters and will be able to play tournament or informal games all day... If ...
by Angus French
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 25192

Re: Update on Project?

Chris Majer’s CfS report for the upcoming ECF AGM is available here.
by Angus French
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uxbridge Chess Congress : 18th - 20th September 2009
Replies: 56
Views: 4201

Re: Uxbridge Chess Congress : 18th - 20th September 2009

I note that Ben Purton achieved a highly commendable TPR of 2736 over two games. by beating Julian May, unrated and by beating Majid Jeffries, 2001. Presumably a few more wins like this and a GM norm was on the cards? I'd be interested to see the code that came up with this figure. Was it written b...
by Angus French
Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic tournaments
Replies: 15
Views: 2323

Re: London Chess Classic tournaments

Why are the prizes shown here given in Euros and not Pounds sterling? I would guess because the sponsor has his/its main funds in € and doesn't want exposure to the exchange rate in the intervening months. But would the venue be paid for in euros?... Could it be to fit with player wishes or Grand...
by Angus French
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Game Fee Collection
Replies: 3
Views: 793

Re: Game Fee Collection

Good question. I’ve wondered about this since Martin Regan said it was an issue. Is it still an issue? Presumably it’s easy to identify the non-payers. What happens to them? Are they chased hard? Are their events not graded?
by Angus French
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Update on Project?
Replies: 129
Views: 25192

Re: Update on Project?

Wouldn’t it be the case that for most schools the value of the free chess sets is insufficient to warrant the cost of attendance at a launch event? I don’t think it follows that the schools that didn't attend aren’t interested in chess or the ECF package.
by Angus French
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF FIDE Delegate
Replies: 219
Views: 13193

Re: ECF FIDE Delegate

Ernie Lazenby wrote:[Short] wants to do it to for the right reasons.
Does Short want to stand for any reason other than to oppose Gerry Walsh? Would that be a good enough reason, in itself, to nominate or vote for him?